Skip to main content

Joachim Feldman Papers

Identifier: P-634

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains the correspondence, along with transcripts and translations, between Joachim and Pauline Feldman with his sister, Betty Feldman Knoll in Brooklyn describing their condition and requests for help.


  • undated, 1940-1942


Language of Materials

The collection is in English and German.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers, except items that may be restricted due to their fragility, or privacy.

Use Restrictions

No permission is required to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection, as long as the usage is scholarly, educational, and non-commercial. For inquiries about other usage, please contact the Director of Collections and Engagement at

For reference questions, please email:

Biographical Note

Joachim Feldman was born on October 5, 1891 in Zolynia Poland. He married Pauline, nee Bauminger, (born February 12, 1898). The couple had four children, Alfred, Jenny, Rachel, and Edith. Traveling with Joachim and Pauline’s mothers as they fled the German advance in 1940 they found themselves in Montagnac, France. While there they reached out to Joachim’s sister, who lived in Brooklyn, Betty Feldman Knoll, seeking assistance in the procurement of passage to the United States. Unfortunately, it appears that despite efforts to rescue them the family succumbed to the fate of Auschwitz and died there in 1942, with only Joachim and Alfred surviving. The details of the family's experience is available in Alfred P Feldman’s autobiography, One Step Ahead: A Jewish Fugitive in Hitler’s Europe (Southern Illinois University Press, 2001).


1 Folders


On the run from the German advance into France, the family of Joachim Feldman sought assistance from family living in the United States. This collection documents their correspondence and includes the original letters, transcripts of the originals, and their translations.


Collection consists of a single folder the contents of which have been arranged in chronological order.

Physical Location

Located in AJHS New York, NY

Guide to the Joachim Feldman Papers, undated, 1940-1942 P-634
Finding aid by Michael Montalbano as part of the CJH Holocaust Resource Initiative, made possible by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany
© 2013
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • February 2017.: Removed asterisk in collection number; updated box to CB6 by Tanya Elder.
  • October 2020: EHyman: post-ASpace migration cleanup.

Repository Details

Part of the American Jewish Historical Society Repository

15 West 16th Street
New York NY 10011 United States